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Truckers’ Voice challenges meal allowances

OTTAWA, Ont. -- The Truckers' Voice is calling on truckers to claim $70 per day in meal allowances despite the fact...

OTTAWA, Ont. — The Truckers’ Voice is calling on truckers to claim $70 per day in meal allowances despite the fact the current legal limit for truckers is just 50 per cent of $33.

So far, Peter Turner, consultant for the Truckers’ Voice, says truckers in every province except Saskatchewan have done so – most without being challenged by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.

Turner is urging Saskatchewan drivers to try this as well and get back to him with the results. He says he’ll be meeting the Revenue Canada in September to discuss meal allowances for truckers. Meanwhile, Turner also says he has learned that the new federal Hours-of-Service rules have been delayed until July, 2004.

The Truckers’ Voice is two members stronger after awarding one year memberships and a golf shirt to Joanne Page and Rob Talbot. The winners were crowned after the Fergus Truck Show, where the Truckers’ Voice had a draw for attendees.

Despite the rain at Fergus, Turner says “We would like to express our thanks for the warm reception we received by all who participated and are thrilled to report that our first truck show was a huge success.”

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